How many mice for a beginner?

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How many mice for a beginner?

Post by FawnRoyale on Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:22 pm

I have a 40 gallon breeder, which the calculator says can hold 6-7 mice (female, of course!) but I was wondering how many would be best for a first-time mouse owner? I'm not looking to get any for a while yet, but I'm hoping to start my research early so I can give my future mice the best lives! Thank you Smile

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Re: How many mice for a beginner?

Post by River on Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:09 pm

Trios are pretty good for beginners, in my opinion -- but one male works too. Just a recommendation, though! Personally if I were a beginner I would go no more than five.
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Re: How many mice for a beginner?

Post by FawnRoyale on Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:23 pm

@River wrote:Trios are pretty good for beginners, in my opinion -- but one male works too. Just a recommendation, though! Personally if I were a beginner I would go no more than five.

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I'll take your advice, a trio sounds good! Is there any risk of bullying/exclusion of one mouse if there's an uneven number? It doesn't sound like it but I'm curious, I don't want to risk anything! I'd plan on buying however many from the same place, so I assume they'd already be bonded.

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Re: How many mice for a beginner?

Post by CallaLily on Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:09 pm

I agree, a trio of females or 1 male would be a good start for a beginner mousey parent. Smile

Three is the minimum number of girls recommended because it balances out the group dynamics better and if one girl suddenly passes away the two left still have each other.  Larger groups can certainly work great too but may come with a higher risk of things not working out, so I think that's why it's generally recommended for beginners to start off with smaller groups.  I think I've actually read somewhere that odd numbered groups usually work out better but I can't remember where or why.....I'll have to dig around some to see if I can find it (probably isn't true just something I remember reading somewhere).

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